Turkey Neck and Other Reasons for a Neck Lift
- 11 February 2016
Double chin, neck fat, turkey neck. Don’t you just hate it when a seemingly perfect picture is ruined by a double chin!? We see the picture or the reflection on Facetime then instantly feel our neck in disbelief, “Surely that is not MY neck. I do not have neck sag to contend with.”
But, to your dismay the truth is in the picture, and it is time to address the truth.
Now let’s set one thing straight. Having a double chin or a “turkey gobble” neck does not go hand-in-hand with being overweight. The reality is that these annoyances are commonly the result of weight loss or the natural and normal aging process. Justifying why it is there does not make it more tolerable anyway you slice it. Seeing yourself with a double chin is not a good feeling and is not flattering.
So how do we go about fixing this problem? Well you could start by switching to a turtle neck sweaters or scarves, but I can't imagine that you would be any more comfortable in Miami, Florida. After all, we do live in the sunshine state! So when this attempt fails, let plastic surgery do what it is best at: restore your confidence and tighten up that loose skin under your chin.
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A Neck Lift
At first thought, you might imagine that a neck lift would only focus on, well… the neck. But that is not always the case. Actually, a neck lift is a plastic surgery that can also develop a strong, sharp jawline. When a neck lift is done, your surgeon will look at a couple different areas and concepts.
- Excess fatty tissue under the chin can be removed (or transplanted elsewhere if needed) in order to reveal your natural jawline.
- Excess fatty tissue in the main neck area can be taken out if it is necessary.
- Extra skin, too, can be removed and tightened. Many times the issue with a double chin is excess skin and not fat alone. If your surgeon deems it necessary, skin can be cut out.
- The definition within the neck muscles can be manipulated to create a more desirable shape to your neck, chin, and jawline.
Many people have a neck lift done in conjunction with a full face lift, but there are situations where a neck lift alone would be a better option. It is quite common to start developing fine lines and wrinkles in your neck prior to noticing them on your face, around your eyes or on your forehead. In this case, a neck lift would likely suffice.
Despite our best efforts, gravity and aging will continue taking a toll on your body. You can and should plan on having a necklift adjusted and re-tightened every few years depending on how quickly you age. A few factors that may contribute to loose skin or double chins include:
- Aging and gravity, as mentioned, are a guarantee, and they will always be weighing us down.
- Environmental conditions may worsen (or better) the overall well-being of your skin’s integrity. An example of this would be extreme exposure to sunlight which certainly speeds up the aging process of your skin.
- Stress. Stress could be emotional, financial or even physical. Whatever type of stress you endure, an increased amount of it will accelerate the aging process.
With all this said, the good news is that there is an option to improve your double chin or your “turkey neck”. The bad news is that it will require maintenance and will not necessarily be permanent. Your surgeon is able to select the best option for you to obtain a youthful jawline and tight neck.